Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Reading Envy 163: Fainting Goats with Lauren

If you're a fan of the show, you have already heard the episode with Lauren and Jenny recommending books for Women in Translation month. We recorded this episode earlier in the summer but still talk quite a bit about regional book goals, translated works, and the wonder of lingering in a place through our reading. This is the first posting of this episode, Jenny was just rearranging the furniture a bit behind the scenes, so when Lauren says "last month" she means June and not July. Don't trip over that table!

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Books discussed:



Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau, translated by Linda Coverdale
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Zoobiquity by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers
If, Then by Kate Hope Day
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad


Other mentions:

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi
Caribbean American Heritage Month and #readCaribbean
Notebook of a Return to the Native Land by Aime Cesaire
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Wildhood by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart (opera)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols
Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Exhalation by Ted Chiang


Related Episodes:

Episode 097 - Blank Spaces with Lauren Weinhold
Episode 123 - Godlets and Forests with Lauren Weinhold
Episode 133 - To Understand the World with Lauren Weinhold
Episode 138 - Shared Landscape with Lauren Weinhold 
Episode 147 - Bonus Poetry Recommendations with Lauren
Episode 161 - Women in Translation Month Recommendations with Lauren


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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Reading Envy 162: Heat Rating with Sara DeSantis

Sara used to only read self-help books but now has shifted to being a major romance reader, especially in audio. Jenny has reformed from her early skepticism (it might have been a certain royal wedding) and decided to talk about some of the romance she's read and liked lately.

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Books discussed:



Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
P.S. from Paris by Marc Levy, translated by Sam Taylor


Other mentions:

Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole
The Princess Diaries (film)
V&A (Victoria and Albert) Museum
Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai
American Hookup by Lisa Wade
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (film)
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Always Be My Maybe (film)
Just Like Heaven (film)
Kiss and Break Up by Ella Fields
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson


Related Episodes:

Episode 056 - The Wall of Romance
Episode 074 - The Books We Didn't Love in High School with Blaine DeSantis

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Review: Outspoken: Why Women's Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free

Outspoken: Why Women's Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free Outspoken: Why Women's Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free by Veronica Reuckert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book starts with a focus on the actual voice and expands out into topics like politics, women in business, Disney films, and so on. It goes all the way up to some discussion of AOC, so very current.

I appreciated practical advice like how to overcome the compulsion to speak in a hushed tone in an open office layout, how to interrupt, and a discussion of whether we should be shushing our female children. It's clear that it is not the actual voices of women that are the problem, but the presence of women, but if women are socialized for silence this is a very powerful tool. The only answer is more women!

I had a copy from the publisher through Edelweiss; the book came out June 14, 2019.

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Review: Space Invaders: A Novel

Space Invaders: A Novel Space Invaders: A Novel by Nona Fernández
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My first read for Women in Translation Month is Space Invaders by Nona Fernandez, translated by Natasha Wimmer, coming out from Graywolf in November or December this year. It is very slim but looks can be so deceiving - it delivered the biggest gut punch with the tiniest gloves ever.

One thing I've noticed as I read more books from around the world, including women in translation, is that many of the stories being told are about living through violent regime change. Space Invaders has a bunch of childhood friends looking back at their years coming of age in Chile during the Pinochet regime. Like most children, all they really know is what they experienced but the context only comes later. It grows in intensity until the end.

The translator is the person who did a lot of the Bolaño works.

I'm a member of the Graywolf Galley Club, which is why I got this early.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Books Read July 2019: 160-183


Pictured: July's 5-Star Reads

160. The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
161. Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(print galley from publisher; my review)
162. The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (print galley from publisher; my review)
163. The Tradition by Jericho Brown ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
164. The Best American Poetry 2019 ed. by  Major Jackson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
165. If, Then by Kate Hope Day ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (library copy; my review)
166. Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Punchaya Sudbanthad ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (library copy; my review)
167. Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Audible audiobook; my review)
168. P.S. from Paris by Marc Levy ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Kindle eBook; my review)
169. The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth by Veeraporn Nitiprapha ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (library copy; my review)
170. The Government Lake: Poems by James Tate ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
171. Adamantine by Naomi Foyle ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
172. La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Hoopla eBook; my review)
173. The Dry Heart by Natalia Ginzburg ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
174. Refuse by Julian Randall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (personal copy; my review)
175. History. A Mess. by Sigrun Palsdottir ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
176. Northern Lights by Raymond Strom ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (print from publisher; my review)
177. Little Glass Planet: Poems by Dobby Gibson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Graywolf Galley Club; my review)
178. The White Book by Han Kang ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (library copy; my review)
179. Good Riddance by Elinor Lippman ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (library copy; my review)
180. The Lost Garden by Li Ang ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (personal copy; my review)
181. Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell by Nathan Ballingrud ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (personal copy; my review)
182. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Hoopla audiobook; my review)
183. The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from NetGalley; my review)

Total Books Read: 24

Audio: 2
eBook: 10
Print: 12

Library: 7
Purchased: 5
Review: 12

Asia 2019 Project: 4
Women in Translation: 6
Man Booker Longlist: 1

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Reading Envy 161: Women in Translation Month Recommendations

August is Women in Translation month (#WITMonth,) so Lauren and Jenny have recommendations for you. Some of our recommendations are linked to our reading goals for the year (Jenny's of Asia; Lauren's of Argentina and beyond) but not all. We also take a break in the middle to share recommendations from the founder of WITMonth, Meytal Radzinski. In the show notes, Jenny has linked to episodes where any of the books mentioned are discussed in greater depth, and at the end, the full list of all episodes that include a WIT title.

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Books discussed:



Wait, Blink by Gunnhild Øyehaug, translated by Kari Dickson
Arid Dreams by Duanwad Pimwana, translated by Mui Poopoksakul
The Property by Rutu Modan, translated by Jessica Cohen
La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono, translated by Lawrence Schimel
Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell
The Dry Heart by Natalie Ginzburg, translated by Frances Frenaye
Awu's Story by Justine Mintsa, translated by Cheryl Toman
Maresi Red Mantle by Maria Turtschaninoff, translated by A. A. Prime
August by Romina Paula, translated by Jennifer Croft (Episode 095)
Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin, translated by Bonnie Huie.
The Extraordinary Lives of Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, translated by Lucy Moffatt
Diving for Seahorses by Hilde and Ylva Østby, translated by Marianne Lindvall
American Fictionary by Dubravka Ugrešić, translated by Celia Hawkesworth and Ellen Elias-Bursać
Mars: Stories by Asja Bakic, translated by Jennifer Zoble
Voices in the Dark by Ulli Lust, translated by John Brownjohn and Nika Knight
The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth by Veeraporn Nitiprapha, translated by Kong Rithdee
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori
The White Book by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith


Other mentions:

Knots: Stories by Gunnhild Øyehaug
Bright by Duanwad Pimwana (Episode 154)
Article: What Does it Mean to be a Feminist in Thailand?
Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
The First Wife by Paulina Chiziane (Episode 064)
Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
Silvinia Ocampo
Sara Gallardo
Mariana Enriquez
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Episode 024)
Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust
Flughunde by Marcel Beyer
Revenge by by Yoko Ogawa
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (Episode 095)
The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
Confessions by Kanae Minato
Penance by Kanae Minato
The Emissary by Yoko Tagawa
Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tagawa
The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagan
Human Acts by Han Kang (Episode 102)
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Away! Away! by Jana Beňová
Beyond Babylon by Igiaba Scego, translated by Aaron Robertson


Other Women in Translation Titles on previous episodes:

Memories: from Moscow to the Black Sea by Teffi, translated by Robert and Emily Chandler (Episode 067)
Tolstoy, Rasputin, Others, and Me by Teffi (Episode 138)
Suite for Barbara Loden by Nathalie Leger, translated by Cecile Menon (Episode 096)
Land of Love and Ruins by Oddny Eir, translated by Philip Roughton (Episode 119)
The Heart by Maylis de Kerengal, translated by Sam Taylor (Episode 122)
Eve Out of Her Ruins by Anana Devi, translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman (Episode 083)
Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga (Episode 053 and Episode 079)


Related Episodes:

Episode 097 - Blank Spaces with Lauren Weinhold
Episode 123 - Godlets and Forests with Lauren Weinhold
Episode 133 - To Understand the World with Lauren Weinhold
Episode 138 - Shared Landscape with Lauren Weinhold 
Episode 147 - Bonus Poetry Recommendations with Lauren 


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Meytal is @Read_WIT on Twitter for WITMonth
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Jenny at Goodreads
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Jenny is @readingenvy on Instagram and Litsy